Japanese pitcher who was simply a star in the Nippon Football League before joining the Seattle Mariners in Main League Football in 2012. Before the 2016 MLB period, he signed using the LA Dodgers. He went to Horikoshi SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL and was chosen in the 5th round from the NPB Beginner Draft. 2008 was a banner season for him, earning the Pacific Group MVP award as well as the Eiji Sawamura Prize as the very best beginning pitcher in NPB. In ’09 2009, he earned the World Football Basic with Japan. He offers children called Towa and Uta. He and Mariners teammate Felix Hernandez had been both All-Stars in 2013.